A Puzzle by Zorro
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As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
Bravo Zorro. Very little, if anything, to fault in the clues. This was enjoyable and, part from there being much to like, the overuse of the word like was all that stood out in the cluing. The commentometer reads and 1/2 / 28 or 1.7%. Another like this and promotion to the NTSPP beckons.
1 Role of drum machine in countercultural movement (4,10)
BEAT GENERATION – Double definition, the first being the production of a rhythm and the second a description of a 1960’s countercultural literary movement.
9 Magnify energy by ten to fifty (5)
EXTOL – The abbreviation for energy followed by how you would say ten to 50 using Roman numerals.
10 Political Declaration is evident rot, essentially (9)
MANIFESTO – An eight-letter word meaning evident followed by the middle letter (essentially) of rot.
11 Agreeable to notch up a few victories (7)
WINSOME – Split 4,3 this would mean to have achieved a certain number of victories.
12 Hecate, chief of hags, upset cat (7)
CHEETAH – An anagram (upset) of HECATE H (first letter – chief – of hags).
13 Principals in light entertainment and dance show? (5)
LEADS – The initial letters (principals) in the final five words of the clue.
14 That oddly quiet hoofer – or this noisy one? (3,6)
TAP DANCER – The odd letters in that followed by the abbreviation for quiet and a six-letter word for a hoofer.
17 Sunk, like some croutons? (2,3,4)
IN THE SOUP – Cryptic definition by reference to where you might find croutons.
19 Trump’s core supporters brought back chaos in America (5)
SNAFU – The middle letter (core) of Trump and a four-letter word for supporters all reversed (brought back).
20 Venus, for one, moves south – about two degrees (7)
GODDESS – A four-letter word meaning moves and the abbreviation for south around the abbreviation for degrees twice.
23 Long period certain to result in obliteration (7)
ERASURE – A three-letter word for a long period followed by a four-letter word meaning certain.
24 Stubborn stain to be treated (9)
OBSTINATE – An anagram (treated) of STAIN TO BE.
25 Middle Eastern terrorists disembowelled Qatari (5)
IRAQI – A three-letter abbreviation for a terrorist group followed by the outer letters (disembowelled) of Qatari.
26 Epistle addressed to group, like the Second of John? (8,6)
CIRCULAR LETTER – What is the description of the O (second) in John.
1 Dish of grouse followed by well mixed gin and tonic (three parts) (4,10)
BEEF WELLINGTON – A four-letter word meaning grouse followed by the well from the clue, an anagram (mixed) of GIN and the first three letters of tonic.
2 Like some TV news Mr Snow might finally present (9)
ATTENDANT – The time at which the ITV news appears followed by the first name of the younger Mr Snow and the final letter of might.
3 Head of gallery approves frame for hanging (7)
GALLOWS – The first letter (head) of gallery followed by a six-letter word meaning approves.
4 Second movement (6,3)
NUMBER TWO – Double definition of a person who is second in line and a bowel movement.
5 Head in charge of old characters (5)
RUNIC – A three-letter word meaning head followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
6 Employees without direction ruined tea cloth (7)
TAFFETA – A five-letter word for employees without the initial S (without direction) followed by an anagram (ruined) of tea cloth.
7 Assault on television (5)
ONSET – The on from the clue followed by a three-letter word for a television.
8 One in the habit of bossing her sisters around? (6,8)
MOTHER SUPERIOR – Cryptic definition of the nun in charge of a convent.
15 Young dog, one like Toto, eternally poeticised in Oz? (9)
PUPPETEER – A three-letter word for a young dog followed by a three-letter word for a domestic animal such as Toto and a three letter word meaning eternally in poetic language.
16 Clotting agent damaged a lung within membrane (9)
COAGULANT – An anagram (damaged) of A LUNG inside a four-letter word for a membrane or outer covering.
18 Like a keen learner, say, one in each class initially (7)
ELEGIAC – The abbreviations for learner and for example followed by the letter representing one all inside the two-letter abbreviation for each and the initial letter for class.
19 Strand of DNA is seen to be twisted – get the news out! (7)
SEASIDE – An anagram (twisted )of DNA IS SEEN after removing each letter N (get the News out).
21 From behind a shield take stock (5)
DASHI – The answer is hidden (from) in the second to fourth words of the clue.
22 Silence piercing instrument – it’s a wrap! (5)
SHAWL – A two-letter word meaning be quiet followed by a three-letter word for a tool that pierces things.